Raising a Moral Child

As parents, we want our children to grow up to be good, kind people who are happy and successful. But while “values” is a popular buzzword these days, we’re not always sure of the best way to give our kids the solid foundation they need to withstand the inevitable growing pains and stresses of life. […]

Ask Dr. Mom: Rash Decisions

Q. My 9-month-old son recently developed a particularly bad diaper rash. I’ve been treating it with the same ointment I have used for him before, but this time it hasn’t helped. My mother says he got the rash because he’s cutting a new tooth. Is this true? What else can I do? A. Almost every […]

Sibling Rivalry Solutions

6 ways to stop sibling fighting © Stephanie Rausser It’s a fact of life: Siblings squabble. Ways to help make peace now and set them up for friendship later: Don’t play the blame game. Toddlers and preschoolers lack the problem-solving skills to settle spats, so they’ll need your help (and patience) to learn to share […]

The 7 Secrets of Successful Parents

My life has been devoted to children and families  — my own, and those I’ve encountered in my career as a pediatrician. My first baby was born only a few months before I started medical school, and my fifth child arrived seven years later, on the final day of my pediatric residency. These two paths  — medicine […]

The Confidence Game

Building a block tower that won’t topple, speaking so that grown-ups understand you, navigating a forkful of food without spilling most of it. Toddlerhood is filled with struggles to master tasks both large and small. It’s no wonder that these years are also filled with toddler tantrums and frustration. Much of the behavior we label […]

Positive Discipline: Effective Strategies for Redirecting Misbehavior (Part 1)

by Dr. Mom®   Although preventive strategies go a long way toward decreasing problem behavior, even the most cooperative children sometimes misbehave. By choosing a suitable response from a wide variety of options, you can help your child correct his behavior without dealing a blow to his self-esteem or your relationship. Depending on your child’s […]

Positive Discipline: Additional Strategies for Redirecting Misbehavior (Part 2)

by Dr. Mom® Beyond the effective consequences outlined in Part 1, the following supplementary techniques represent additional tools to help ensure that your use of discipline remains a positive learning experience.  Distractions and Environmental Modifications.    Discipline for babies under a year of age requires vigilant supervision and a baby-proof environment where an infant can safely explore. […]

Promoting Healthy Self-Esteem in Children: Helping Children Feel Loved and Worthy

“Of all the judgments we pass in life, none is as important as the judgment we pass on ourselves.”  — Dr. Nathaniel Branden The Essential Ingredients of Self-Esteem Self-esteem is a child’s composite inner picture of his or her own worth and value. A child’s self-concept will powerfully impact his or her happiness, academic performance, […]

Promoting Healthy Self-Esteem in Children: Helping Children Feel Capable and Confident

Of all the judgments we pass in life, none is as important as the judgment we pass on ourselves.”  — Dr. Nathaniel Branden The Essential Ingredients of Self-Esteem Self-esteem is a child’s composite inner picture of his or her own worth and value.  A child’s self-concept will powerfully impact their happiness, academic performance, relationships, creativity, […]

Positive Discipline: Techniques for Promoting Desired Behavior in Children

Many parents equate discipline with the use of corrective measures for misbehavior. However, discipline means “to teach,” and handling problem behavior should comprise a relatively small part of parental discipline. Rather, effective discipline involves the use of positive teaching methods, including your personal example, explanation and guidance, essential structure, and frequent reinforcement of desired behavior […]